Russell McKenna, MD
Location and Office HoursTreehouse Pediatrics
1325 N 600 E Ste 101
Logan, UT 84341
- Altius Health Plans
- BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
How can I tell if my child is in pain after lower spine surgery?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredNo surgery is pain free, but it is important for your child to be comfortable after lower spine surgery so he can heal. If he is older, you can talk to him about his pain and assess his needs. If your child is younger or developmentally delayed, he may communicate by moaning, whimpering, making a face of pain, crying, being irritable, being inactive, not eating, or not sleeping. In all cases, you should comfort your child and listen to his concerns.
When can my child shower after lower spine surgery?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredYour child may shower after 2 days. Carefully pat to dry the wound and Steri-Strip skin closures. Your child should not take a bath for 2 weeks. Until your child can shower, clean him off with a warm washcloth and soap. Allow the Steri-Strip skin closures crossing your child's incision to fall off as the wound heals.
How can I protect my child from errors during surgery?
Before your child is wheeled away for surgery, ask the surgeon to mark the spot being operated on—especially if the procedure involves a right/left distinction between arms, legs, fingers, or toes, or if it involves a part of the body like the spine, which has multiple levels. (“Wrong-site errors” occur more frequently during spinal surgeries, by the way, because it’s quite easy to operate on the wrong vertebrae or disk.) Normal protocol is for the surgeon to write his or her initials (or the word “yes”) on the surgical site. Surgeons don’t use an “X” to mark the spot, since that could be construed as meaning “don’t operate here.” And that could lead to a big, bad goof. (By the way, this surgical site marking is required by The Joint Commission, which is good news for you.)
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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